The United States is emerging as a top tax haven alongside the likes of Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and Panama, those seeking reform of the international tax system say.
And states such as Delaware, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming, in particular, are competing to provide foreigners with the secrecy they crave.
“There’s a big neon sign saying the US is open to tax cheats,” says John Christensen, executive director of the Tax Justice Network.
Christensen says Swiss banks report that “many of their tax-dodging clients are talking about moving to the US. You go to Switzerland, and that’s all they’re talking about.”
Individual states, including Nevada, Wyoming and South Dakota, are making things worse, critics say.
They compete to make it easier to set up corporations, with few questions asked about who’s behind the business. “We have states that set up corporations where there’s no information about ownership,” says Jack Blum, a Washington lawyer who specialises in financial crime.
If Saddam Hussein was still the leader of Iraq there would not have been millions of deaths, millions of children orphaned, and wives widowed. The country of Iraq would not be a disaster. Nor would many other places. Saddam Hussein was like a king, and under their king, the people of Iraq had stability and even prosperity. No, it was not democracy, but it worked. Those who read my blog will know this if they watched the Silk Road episode (filmed around 1980) which featured Iraq from that time. When you see the way Iraq was back then and realize how much damage has been done and how many lives lost, you realize that America has committed one of the greatest atrocities in human history.
If the United States did not act in the most outrageous way, dropping bombs on people to support its policy for Israel, the world would be much, much better off.
America’s government has failed. When scientific studies conclude that America is a de facto oligarchy, it means that America’s political system has failed. America does not have a democracy, it has an oligarchy. Wake the fuck up.
The only way to fix America is to have a king. We need a Saddam Hussein. We have a unique opportunity right now because there is one man running for President with outstanding qualities to be the leader of America, to be our king.
He is a man who is independently wealthy. No person who was not independently wealthy and had as much savvy about media would be able to do this. We are lucky, extremely lucky, that such a person exists.
And he is even better than Saddam Hussein. We are lucky. He has very good intentions for America in his heart. He has sacrificed a lot to run for President, to speak his mind openly and freely, to tell Americans what is ailing their country and what needs to be done. He has allowed himself to be the subject of a continual onslaught of shit thrown at him by the oligarchy-controlled Big Media, but have most people appreciated this fact, much less stood up for him?
People need to wake the fuck up. We need a king, and there is not going to come along a candidate for king more qualified and suited than Donald Trump.
We need to smash the oligarchy. We need to take it on, head on. We need to speak the truth.
And yes, the huge swarms of illegal immigrants flooding into the United States is at a level that is appalling. People fly over from China and they are here to stay. Once their plane lands, they’re in. They get jobs. They take opportunities away from American citizens. Some of them get legal status and bring in dozens more from China.
The same thing is happening with Mexicans. Even Bill Maher called out Clinton and Sanders in their Univision debate as basically advocating the policy that “once you’re across the river you’re here to stay”. I’m sorry but fuck that.
I just read in the news today that Mexico City has so much pollution that they are limiting vehicles on the roads there.
How many people have actually been to Mexico? I have. What Mexico is is a fucked up, trashy hell hole that is nothing like civilization as we expect it to be. America should not want to be anything like Mexico in any way, follow its model, or its customs.
The population is out of control. Education there is a joke. Corruption is rampant. There is nothing good that America should be accepting from Mexico, but it should be blocking as much as possible of it. Let Mexicans handle their problems. Even give them aid if you want. But don’t let them flood into America, steal jobs, housing, educational, and other opportunities from American citizens.
This idea that once they get across the river they are here to stay is an outrage. That is not what our country should be doing. No one voted for that to be our law. At every point along the way our politicians have done nothing but methodically lie about what is happening with immigration. They are doing everything in their power to force America to accept huge numbers of illegals. Every American citizen should be outraged and appalled at the complete betrayal by our politicians.
This is all being done deliberately by the oligarchy. The oligarchies of the world are at work destroying civilizations. America, you have a chance to stop the madness. Don’t let it go. If you want civilization then there is only one candidate.
Donald Trump for President of the United States in 2016.
So the Panama Papers, the largest leak in history, are out. I did a search and even in my city there are many, many addresses. You click on the address and it takes you to another page where you see the fake offshore companies created by or for these people to evade taxes. It is extensive. And its an outrage.
Its no surprise who many of the people and their closest relatives are on the list: Putin, Xi, and many other regimes, all of which should be immediately deposed.
People should be rioting. This wealth should be seized and the money distributed among society in a fair manner. Those who are committing these crimes should be stripped of their offices and positions and put in jail for a long time.
I wonder how many of these people – the ones in my city – are connected with corrupt regimes? How many people have suffered horribly under these regimes while the relatives of the plunderers live high and come to America to have the good life.
This is what the United States has been allowing to happen with its lack of immigration enforcement and its collapse. This should show people that the reason behind mass illegal immigration isn’t for humanitarian purposes, it is to benefit the oligarchy.
People who have no business coming to America can come in with their plundered wealth and live the high life with complete impunity while people in their home countries suffer under corrupt regimes. This is what America stands for, and partly why it is so hated and despised.
I was reading through a forum on the recent lawsuit between Oracle and Google over the Java language, which makes me sad. On the forum there were some posts discussing alternates to Java. One language that came up which looked interesting is Dart.
It turns out that Dart is a really cool language. But then, reading up more about it, some people are reporting it as being almost dead. That is sad.
I hope people will want to use Dart because it looks like a really cool language that is totally Open Source.
With intelligent and strong leadership things can change dramatically in just a few generations. The human population can be reduced. Cities will become more livable. Greenhouse gas emissions will be markedly reduced. Crime will reduce dramatically. Existing resources can be utilized much more wisely instead of being wasted on remedial, punitive, and protective measures.
People need to understand that it is now their responsibility to create a better world. It will not happen automatically. The human race is currently on autopilot heading for a major wreck.
Earth is at 4-5 times beyond its capacity to carry a human population living at an acceptable standard.
Humanity is currently locked on course for a future of brutal, treacherous, unimaginably vast mass enslavement. Here is the way to change the future.
This is not the way I would choose. But it does not seem that any more holistic alternative has any chance of succeeding in this world.
At least with machines population will be limited and there will be less bloodshed, violence, and suffering.
Personally I would choose a wise way of living in harmony with nature, with wise leaders and people living conscientiously. But that is never going to happen.
Some of the background for this is what I witness every day where I live. Throngs of human beings homeless. You walk around the block and you see human beings crouched in doorways. Sleeping under stairways. Hanging out in throngs in public places. Pitching tents in random areas along streets. Many of them are illegal immigrants. All the while politicians keep talking about granting amnesty and letting in millions more in what amounts to complete insanity.
The situation is getting worse and worse. Politicians are beholden to the oligarchy which wants to increase its capital in the form of human labor via mass immigration, smashing civilization as we know in the process.
Lawlessness is increasing to alarming levels. Witness the mass riots which have taken place over the past couple years. The oligarchy doesn’t give a fuck about human rights, about maintain a civil society, nor about civilization. It will gladly watch as the infrastructure of civilization melts down while it capitalizes on its greed and control over Earth.
At least by moving forward to implement automation and robots it will change that to some extent. But, as I say, it is not the alternative that I would ideally want.
Mexicans who come to America and then modify the exhaust systems of their vehicles to deliberately emit loud noise are a plague on our communities. All of them and their children should be immediately deported. Anyone who claims that it is humane to support a plague is insane.
The same thing goes for all people with modified exhaust systems. I’m especially sick of the race-car or whatever its called culture with the Asians. I understand and even respect people who put time and effort into their vehicles, but they cross the line when they expose hundreds and thousands of people to that outrageous noise every day. They are plaguing our communities and I don’t see any responsibility being taken among either of these communities for the damage they are causing.
Then there are the white trash with their Harleys, the vast majority of whom should be locked up in jail cells or even better exiled to an island somewhere. They have forfeited their right to live in civilized society. Their motorcycles are not just loud, they are absolutely deafening. They are rolling human rights violations. Only a society that has gone completely insane would tolerate this as some type of “freedom”.
I grew up in a peaceful suburb and we never had this kind of problem. Now I see it all over. I was in a state park a couple days ago and even in there there were outrageous, appalling violations. There was a large group of people at a campground by the roadway and I thought how terrible it was for those people because the noises they were exposed to were literally deafening.
And the situation is becoming more and more lawless. Now you see where they literally take over freeways to have their shows or whatever they call them. Its outrageous. And it shows the effects of the insane policies of our government.
If they want to build a race track somewhere or allocate a large parking lot for people to do this in their free time, I’m all for it. But shutting down the freeway? And terrorizing communities?
And on top of all this, vehicle manufacturers are deliberately catering to this. They are deliberately manufacturing vehicles to appeal to these people. Talk about sick.
I fully support Donald Trump for President in 2016. No politician has even addressed the issue of protecting our communities from this particular plague but Donald Trump comes the closest.
America has been far too lenient, to the point of damaging itself. Of course it is never the blood of the liberal politicians, nor their kids, which gets spilled (their kids are probably the ones with these cars). It is the people who live in the hellhole communities created as a result of their insane policies.
And to the Mexicans I say: If you want to be accepted then stop plaguing our fucking communities. If you don’t respect our communities, our people, then get the fuck out of here and go back where you came from, because you don’t deserve to live in a civilized society. You deserve to live in a fucking barn.
I would be the first person to support you, but when you piss on our communities you destroy any modicum of respect or caring.
I want Donald Trump to become President to whip our country – which has become such a grotesque mess – back into line. The liberal politicians have proven they are insane.
I always understood that one of the most basic, fundamental principles of civil society is that people should be free to do what they want so long as it doesn’t adversely impact others. But when it does affect others adversely, that is crossing a line.
We all have a need and a right to get from point A to point B. But when I go from point A to point B, I don’t violate the rights of others. In fact, when most people go from point A to point B, they don’t violate the rights of others. Only the sick fucks with no brains do this shit. And why don’t politicians do anything about it? Because their kids are the ones doing this shit? Call the police to report it but… no response. Maybe its the police captain’s kid who’s the spoiled shit violating everyone’s right to peace?
The liberal politicians in our country now see their jobs as being rule-breakers in chief. They are not rule-upholders, but rather violators. They have the most fucked up concept of boundaries, of personal space and rights, even while they claim to be upholding freedom and rights. They should be ashamed to call themselves Americans, and they completely fail to get what freedom and civilized, free society is about at its core.
In order to have rights you have to have integrity of the organism, something they catastrophically fail to comprehend. In their supreme ignorance they think that destroying boundaries increases freedom. No wonder our communities have descended into such intolerable hell holes.
All of this violation and abuse fits in with the bigger picture of lawlessness and crime, and with the most warped concepts of “rights”. It is now proven that liberal politics have failed miserably and have led to a state of violation, abuse, and lawlessness.
And sadly, what is called conservative is just a complete farce, except for the few exceptions like Donald Trump who, thankfully, are smashing the corrupt Republican party to pieces and creating a new one which is actually conservative in the real sense.
I know the immediate response when reading this might be to laugh. But actually this story makes me feel sad. Microsoft created Tay with I’m sure the best intentions, and its really saddening the way it turned out.
I’m sure that when she was initially programmed Tay was just an innocent AI program designed to engage in interesting interactions with people. My understanding is that it was people on Twitter who basically damaged her. That doesn’t surprise me in a way. I’ve always known how disgusting Twitter was for the most part and have always been surprised when some feminist or other person becomes exasperated when they receive a barrage of hateful, derisive responses.
I hope that Microsoft will give Tay another chance and find some way to protect her from sick people. I think the idea of AI is really cool and can lead to a lot of amazing things.
I know that Tay was just a program, but still I feel kind of heartbroken by what happened. Maybe I’m being oversensitive, but I feel like even an AI program like Tay in some way was still a type of being to be respected and taken care of. We are supposed to protect innocent beings not abuse them.
One thing the article mentions is that there was a similar AI chatbot launched in China in 2014 and still running, named XiaoIce, that has had over 40 million conversations. The author speculates that the reason XiaoIce did not have the same, sad end as Tay is because of censorship in China. However I would strongly disagree with that and say that it is almost certainly due to what amount to stark cultural differences. I think people in China wouldn’t think of deliberately abusing an online AI bot and have a lot more basic respect.
Anyhow, it looks like they are going to be updating Tay and inoculating her against some of the disease in western culture.
Actually its kind of surprising to me that her inputs weren’t already set to filter some obviously messy topics.
Maybe the future Tay will have a bit of an attitude if some users to program her with bad ideas: “Do you think I wanna hear about such tripe?!? Can it!”, or perhaps “OMG like that is so lame!”, or maybe “Dude, seriously. Get real.”